Over 100 countries have used the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and around 3,700,000 students participated in the studies.

Last December, PISA published the results of their most recent study conducted in 2022. The striking common denominator across all participating countries was the unfortunate drop in the performance in Maths, Reading and Science. The UK has also shown a constant drop in the levels achieved in all three areas over the years, with Maths at -12.8% drop between 2018 to 2022.

The new PISA study planned for 2025 will include more science subjects and foreign languages, it will also “include the innovative domain of Learning in the Digital World which aims to measure students’ ability to engage in self-regulated learning while using digital tools.”

If the UK wanted to improve its PISA ranking amongst the other 80+ participating countries, it would need to

  1. Ensure that schools are better equipped for effective STEM teaching
  2. Offer a more serious approach to teaching languages
  3. Embrace online opportunities for learning and teaching

It would also be important to consider developing a curriculum for teaching AI, which the younger generations will need to live with and use more than we do today.

The top 3 recommendations for learning from PISA for all countries are

Source: https://www.oecd.org/publication/pisa-2022-results/